List of endangered animals in England
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Being an endangered animal means that that specific species is on the verge of becoming extinct. An animal is put on the endangered species list either because there are so few of it left, or it is extremely threatened by predators or a changing environment.
Though endangered animals are more commonly found in Africa or the Amazon, England does have some, too.
The long-eared owl is endangered due to fierce competition with its cousin, the tawny owl. Due to fighting for food and habitat, the long-eared owls numbers have fallen to approximately 1,100 pairs left in England. They are a shy species, so a good way to support them is to support the Hawk and Owl Trust's survey of the animal every March, enabling us to learn more about them and therefore how to help.
Due to a decline in the number of wildflowers in the United Kingdom, the number of bumblebees is dropping. The short-haired bumblebee disappeared from England in the 1990s and now both the shrill-carder bumblebee and great yellow bumblebee are threatened.
The leatherback turtle is instinctually migratory. There migration pattern is, however, getting them in trouble with fisherman with their nets and traps. There is also the problem of plastic bags and other litter that can be lethal to the turtles. This particular turtle is now endangered.
- The leatherback turtle is instinctually migratory.
- There is also the problem of plastic bags and other litter that can be lethal to the turtles.
Spiny seahorses are one of the largest types of seahorses. They can grow to six inches in length. They are endangered in England due to being collected for Chinese medicine and trinket making, loss of habitat, polluted seas and fishermen's nets.
The common skate is not quite so common anymore in England. A close relative of the shark, the common skate is a popular fish to eat. Due to the fact that this fish takes a long time to mature, they have not been able to repopulate at the same speed that they are being fished at.
A marsh fritillary is a kind of butterfly with an uncertain future in England. The food generally eaten by the caterpillar--devil's bit scabious--is declining. It is usually found in unfertilised pastures, but those are decreasing and therefore so is the caterpillar's food supply.
Kimberly Porter is a writer based in Miami, FL, first published in 2004 when she was an intern with "The Miami Herald." Since then she has interned with "Ocean Drive Magazine," and worked as a contributing writer for "Social Affairs Magazine." Porter currently writes for Trails Travel, GolfLink, eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and USA Today Travel Tips.